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Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum

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TRY JAPAN recommends ...

1: to see atelier where Tower of Sun was created by Taro Okamoto
2: to see the architectural building that was designed by Junzo Sakakura
3: to see art works that are created by Taro Okamoto

Atelier where Tower of Sun was created

If you visit Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum, you can see Aoyama Atelier where Tower of Sun was created.

This is an art museum of contemporary art that shows art works of Taro Okamoto (1911-1996). This museum used to be his atelier and residence. It is a 2-story building with curved roof designed by Junzo Sakakura (1901-1969).

At the 1st floor, you can see his canvas and painting tools in the open ceiling atelier. It is interesting to find his golf set and piano. It is light enough as the sun light comes in. Also, you can find the doll of Taro Okamoto as well as his art works in the salon.

At the 2nd floor, there are exhibition rooms that display his art works. "The Cradle of Creativity -Taro Okamoto's Studio" (from March 15, 2014 (Saturday) to June 30, 2014 (Monday)) was the first exhibition after renovation of this museum. It was impressive to see the study of "Aozora," his first work in Aoyama atelier, and "Raijin," his last work in his life. His other art works including "Kanki," "Kensetsu," "Seishun," "Tower of the Sun" and "Doubutsu" were also displayed. In addition to his art works, drawings of Aoyama Atelier were displayed.

There are his art works at the garden, and his art work, "Jomonjin," at the entrance gate.

For your information, it is necessary to take off shoes inside the museum.

It opened in 1998. It is a small private art musum at commercial area in Minato-Aoyama, Minato City, Tokyo. Its nearest station is Omote-Sando station.

For your information, there is Taro Okamoto Museum of Art at Ikuta Ryokuchi in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture. If you visit this museum, you can see larger number of his art works. You have an option to visit both museums to appreciate his art works.

Event Information

"Project Exhibition: A Face is A Universe"
from July 14, 2021 (Wednesday) to November 14, 2021 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: Now is Everything! A Challenge from Calligrapher Koji Kakinuma part II"
from November 18, 2021 (Thursday) to March 13, 2022 (Sunday)

Finished Event Information

"Project Exhibition: Taro Okamoto's 'Life Forms'"
from February 18, 2015 (Wednesday) to June 14, 2015 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: The 'Trees' of Taro Okamoto"
from June 17, 2015 (Wednesday) to October 25, 2015 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: Confronting the Tower of the Sun"
from October 28, 2015 (Wednesday) to February 28, 2016 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: The Dignity of Life -Tarō Okamoto's Jōmon-"
from March 2, 2016 (Wednesday) to July 3, 2016 (Sunday)

"The 18th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art: Display of Latest -The Dawn of Glad Tidings- Works by Yotta, Taro Okamoto Award Winner"
from June 15, 2016 (Wednesday) to July 3, 2016 (Sunday)

"Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum Special Exhibition: Sachiko Nagata le hamon Performance"
September 24, 2016 (Saturday)

"Project Exhibition: Tarō Okamoto's Okinawa"
from July 6, 2016 (Wednesday) to October 30, 2016 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: Noritaka Tatehana, Aesthetics of Magic"
from November 3, 2016 (Thursday, National Holiday) to March 5, 2017 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: Twenty Year's of the TARO Award / Twenty Enfants Terrible"
from March 12, 2017 (Sunday) to June 18, 2017 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: Tarō Okamoto's Tōhoku"
from July 1, 2017 (Saturday) to October 9, 2017 (Monday, National Holiday)

"Project Exhibition: Tower of the Sun 1967-2018 -What did Tarō Okamoto Question-"
from October 13, 2017 (Friday) to May 27, 2018 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: The Road to the Tower of the Sun"
from May 30, 2018 (Wednesday) to October 14, 2018 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: Living Moment by Moment -Tarō Okamoto and Jazz-"
from October 17, 2018 (Wednesday) to February 24, 2019 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: Art of the Sun -Tarō Okamoto's Public Art-"
from February 27, 2019 (Wednesday) to June 23, 2019 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: Life in Five Hundred Million Year' Time -Yōichirō Kawaguchi: beyond AI-"
from June 26, 2019 (Wednesday) to October 27, 2019 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: The Original Image of Japan"
from October 30, 2019 (Wednesday) to February 24, 2020 (Monday, Substitute Holiday)

"Project Exhibition: Taro Okamoto's Prints"
from February 26, 2020 (Wednesday) to September 27, 2020 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: Confronting Eyes"
from September 30, 2020 (Wednesday) to March 14, 2021 (Sunday)

"Project Exhibition: Art in Daily Life"
from March 17, 2021 (Wednesday) to July 11, 2021 (Sunday)

Necessary Time
It is estimated that it is 45 minutes in a regular pace, 30 minutes in a hurried pace, and 1 hour in a slow pace.

Opening Hour
This museum opens from 10:00 to 18:00 (last entry: 17:30).

Closed Day
This museum is closed every Tuesday, maintenance period and year-end and new year holiday. In case that Tuesday is either a national holiday or a substitute holiday, this museum opens on Tuesday.

Admissions Fee
It is 650-yen for adults and 300-yen for elementary school students.

It takes about 8 minutes from Omote-Sando Station on foot.

Nearest Railway Station
◎ Omote-Sando Station (Tokyo Metro: Ginza Line, Chiyoda Line, Hanzomon Line)

Fellow Travelers
◎ Alone
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◎ With Significant Other
◎ With Family
◎ With Children

Name in English
Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum

Name in Roman Letters
Okamoto Taro Kinenkan

Name in Japanese

6-1-19, Minami-Aoyama, Minato City, Tokyo, 107-0062, Japan

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Purpose: Architecture

Purpose: Art

Purpose: Contemporary Art

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